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Static code analysis for Laravel

In a previous blog post we presented PHPStan, a static code analyzer for PHP. If you are developing a Laravel application, you can of course use PHPStan to validate your code. However, Laravel has a lot of subtleties and auto-magic that make static code analysis challenging. This is where Larastan comes into play: a wrapper around PHPStan that adds support specifically for Laravel.

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Detect unused composer dependencies

If you are using composer to manage the dependencies of your PHP project (and you certainly should), it is very easy to end up using a lot of dependencies. And if your project lives long enough, some (or lots of them) will not be used anymore.

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Implement CRUD operations in Laravel, and automatic code generation

When working with model objects in Laravel, you will typically have to implement the CRUD operations: Create, Read, Update and Delete objects from the database. To support these operations you will need to write:

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Laravel : Quickstart

Laravel is an extremely powerful PHP framework for building web applications, but the first steps can be quite intimidating. In this tutorial we guide you through the first steps to get you started as a breeze.

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Static code analysis in PHP (and GitLab)

In the PHP toolbox for testing, you'll often find phpunit for unit testing, PHP_CodeSniffer for code style analysis, and here we present PHPStan for static code analysis.

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Manage VirtualBox with PHP

phpVirtualBox is a well known web interface for managing virtual machines. There is however another less known library that allows to manage virtual machines from your own PHP applications : php-vbox-api. The API allows you to do stuff like:

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Understanding Laravel middleware : admin users

In Laravel, a Middleware is basically a piece of code that should be executed for every http request. Middlewares are typically used to:

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Apache Spark MapReduce with PHP

When it comes to Big Data processing, I'm a huge fan of the Apache Spark project. Spark is a very powerful tool to analyse very large datasets in parallel, and at the same time it provides a nice API that allows to write clean distributed code.

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An introduction to Laravel ORM : Eloquent

When working with an object oriented language, like PHP, Java or Python, an Object-Relational Mapping (ORM) tool allows to automatically convert model objects into rows in a database and vice-versa. It allows to easily save objects in a database, without worrying about writing appropriate SQL requests.

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Using Laravel with a SQLite database

For a development environment or for small web applications, a SQLite database may be perfectly sufficient to store your data. It is also much lighter than a full blown MySQL database.

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